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Scranton Man To Stand Trial For Striking Woman With Crowbar

January 1, 2019

A 53-year-old Scranton man will stand trial after police said he hit a woman over the head with a crowbar.

Jose Casiano, 407 Aswell Court, had a preliminary hearing Monday morning before Magisterial District Judge Terrence Gallagher.

By the end of the hearing, Gallagher ruled Casiano will stand trial on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and harassment.

Casiano swung at Cierra Otto on Dec. 22 at his Aswell Court home, according to a criminal complaint prepared by Officer Michael Morrison.

The two had been arguing and then started to attack each other.

Casiano struck Otto in the head with a crowbar, police charged. Casiano acknowledged he swung the tool but denied striking her.

Otto used a pocketknife to cut Casiano but police and prosecutors determined she had acted in self-defense and will not be charged.

Otto had a lump on her head and suffered a seizure while police and medical personnel were on scene.

Casiano is in Lackawanna County Prison in lieu of $25,000 bail.

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jkohut@timesshamrock.com, 570-348-9144; @jkohutTT on Twitter

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